But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
The essence of the evil, satanic lie has always been that man can achieve immortality independently of God — that we can become deities while denying the One True God.
Satan used this basic lie to deceive mankind in the beginning, and he is certainly propagating his perverse message today like never before. Consider a few quotes from Joe Boot, writing the forward for David Herbert’s 2014 book, Becoming God: Transhumanism and the Quest for Cybernetic Immortality. Boot said …
“Today a growing syncretistic movement of transhumanists among the intelligentsia … has taken the next logical step in the development of a humanistic, Neo-pagan anthropology and social vision based on the ancient idea of evolutionism. These scientists, business leaders, technologists, futurists, politicians and artists place a messianic hope in the ideal of a post-human world, holding that the key to humanity’s future lies in realizing godhood (omniscience, immortality etc…) by the merging of man with his technology … The transhumanists believe that their view of man and the future is not merely a social manifesto, but a religion, capable of uniting people and pointing forward to a godlike destiny ... This next evolutionary step will mean that the universe is finally awake since, in the new post-human cyborg, god is born.”
What was considered science fiction and fantasy just a generation ago has now become reality, as we have witnessed exponential advances in synthetic biology, nanotechnology, biogenetic engineering, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence. And according to the forerunners of transhumanism, this zealous, religious movement toward achieving “godhood” is accelerating faster than we could possibly imagine.
Everything that God has created and purposed for mankind, satan has corrupted and perverted with the ultimate goal of destruction. Our mortal enemy knows his fate, awaiting a date with the eternal lake of fire, but until then, the satanic forces of darkness will continue to do everything in their power to deceive mankind and lead us into believing the lie that there is a better way to obtain eternal life — a way that in the end only leads to death and destruction.
Many technocrats and futurists like to appeal to the “Golden Age” of the ancients, where men were like the gods and lived for 1,000 years and ruled the earth as kings and queens. Many in the transhuman movement will tell you that it is this Golden Age that they desire and pledge to once again bring back upon the earth. Man’s desire for immortality and godhood is at core of the human soul. The words of King Solomon ring truer than ever for our generation.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.Ecclesiastes 3:11
The gospel of Jesus Christ is so profound and powerful in so many ways, but at the very core of the gospel is the true message of salvation and the exclusive means of obtaining eternal life. God has provided only one way to live forever and become true sons of God. Our true “Messianic hope” remains in the Person and redemptive work of God the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who stepped out of heaven and took on human form in order to save mankind from the death and destruction that we will inevitably bring upon ourselves in our vain pursuits to live independently of God. The truth is, provision has been made to give man the privilege of becoming sons and daughters of God. And that provision is in Christ alone.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.John 1:12
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.John 3:36
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.Romans 8:18-23
Just as it was in the days of Noah, the enemy is working relentlessly to blind the minds of unbelievers and lead the whole world astray with his insidious temptation to become as gods. He is leading the world down the broad way of destruction. If there has ever been a time for God’s people to stand up and proclaim to the whole world the Narrow Way of Salvation, that time is now.